By Mikhail N. Epstein
This ebook brings jointly for the 1st time in English the foremost writings of Mikhail Epstein, considered one of post-Soviet Russia's so much favourite theoreticians of cultural reports and postmodernism. Written from a non-Western perspective but proficient through a familiarity with Western literary thought, it deals a clean, lucid point of view at the postcommunist literary scene in addition to a realistic and theoretical advent to the recent self-discipline of Russian "culturology." After the long run is usually the 1st ebook to include the improvement of up to date Russian tradition in the framework of postmodernism, an idea whose program has been formerly constrained to the West.
The 4 sections of the booklet - Literature, Ideology, tradition, and method - mirror the interdisciplinary variety of postmodernism in modern Russia. Epstein explores such influential new developments in Russian literature as conceptualism, metarealism, "rear-garde" and discusses the formation of a post-Marxist ideological milieu characterised through a paradoxical mix of relativistic and totalitarian patterns.
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What is wanted is to look at this poetry not from the standpoint of ''still" unripened, not yet achieved and trudging along toward finality, but rather from the standpoint of "already": as having risen above the level of yesterday's ripeness, and, precisely for that reason, young today. It seems to me that the poetry of our 30-year-olds (roughly speaking) is not just a promise for the future but already an embodiment deserving of scholarly investigation, whose object must be the creative metamorphosis, the succession of aesthetic precepts, that has gradually unfolded throughout our poetry, but that shows itself with the young poets as a shift or break in the slow evolution of styles.
Shcherbatov); "We grow but don't ripen" (Petr Chaadaev); "We were born well, but grew up very little" (Vasily Rozanov). 1 If the past corresponds to youth, the present to maturity, and the future to old age, then Russia is at once a young and an old country, that managed to bypass maturity unnoticed. Iury M. Lotman and Boris A. Uspensky have substantially revealed the operation of dualistic models in their work on the semiotics of Russian culture, which tends to avoid a third, neutral member in any semantic opposition.
Several points of contact between Epstein's thought and Bakhtin's are readily apparent, for instance, the discussion of "outsideness" (vnenakhodimost) in Chapter 9. A subtle but more pervasive example is the notion of "potential," on which Bakhtin focused in the last years of his life, explaining that great artistic works accrue more profound meaning over time, thanks to their innate semantic potential. Bakhtin said that such works "live ... 14 In Chapter 7, "At the Crossroads of Image and Concept," Epstein focuses on the significance of potential as a special quality of certain kinds of writing, particularly what he calls the "self-substantiation" of the author in essayistic genres.
After the future: the paradoxes of postmodernism and contemporary Russian culture by Mikhail N. Epstein